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Respiratory Therapy Technicians - 29-2054.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT)
  • Pulmonary Function Technician (PF Technician)
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)
  • Respiratory Care Assistant (RCA)
  • Respiratory Director
  • Respiratory Supervisor
  • Respiratory Technician
  • Respiratory Therapy Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician (RTT)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Administer breathing or oxygen procedures, such as intermittent positive pressure breathing treatments, ultrasonic nebulizer treatments, or incentive spirometer treatments.
  • Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.
  • Clean, sterilize, check, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment.
  • Collect and analyze arterial blood gas samples.
  • Explain treatment procedures to patients.
  • Follow and enforce safety rules applying to equipment.
  • Interview or examine patients to collect clinical data.
  • Keep records of patients' therapy, completing all necessary forms.
  • Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures to assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients.
  • Prepare or test devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators, or electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.
  • Provide respiratory care involving the application of well-defined therapeutic techniques under the supervision of a respiratory therapist and a physician.
  • Read and evaluate physicians' orders and patients' chart information to determine patients' condition and treatment protocols.
  • Recommend or review bedside procedures, x-rays, or laboratory tests.
  • Set equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists, or aerosols.
  • Teach or oversee other workers who provide respiratory care services.
  • Teach patients how to use respiratory equipment at home.
  • Use ventilators or various oxygen devices or aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.
  • Work with patients in areas such as the emergency rooms, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, or surgical intensive care, treating conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or pneumonia.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of treatments.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Test patient heart or lung functioning.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.
  • Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cardiopulmonary Laboratory (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Respiratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Respiratory Therapist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

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